Following-up his 2015 effort ‘Monsters Of The Universe: Come Out And Plague’, former Murderdolls frontman and goth rock supreme Wednesday 13 comes back at us with ‘Condolences’, and, now seven albums deep into his career, he should be one of the names leading this genre and scene. Instead, this record is littered with rip-offs and cheap imitations of the likes of Marilyn Manson and Motionless In White.
The instrumental work here has a metalcore-esque sound that wouldn’t feel out of place in the vast ocean of those generic peers out there, and this really hurts the album at times with its repetitive generic chugs, bland instrumentation, and less than energetic vocal performance.
Established and long-time Murderdolls and Wednesday 13 fans will likely lap this all up, and this is certainly not a deviation in anyway from Wednesday 13‘s previous output, but, again, it brings forth a sound of a less energetic or intriguing Marilyn Manson.
In ‘Condolences’, Wednesday 13 has released what is a dull, bland, and at times straight up boring record, accompanied with lyrics that could easily be perceived as childish or even “edgy”, which is disappointing. Die-hard and established fans will undoubtedly get their fill, but for anyone who gives this record a spin, we have our condolences at the ready to offer.
Written by Jack Bellamy (@jackbellamy17)